As a tribute to the city's maritime heritage, the Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival will be held Friday through next Sunday at Oronoco Bay Park in Alexandria, Va. During its 10-year history this family-oriented festival has become the city's largest single event, drawing crowds of over 110,000.
Tall ships and other craft will fill Alexandria's harbor, and many of them will be open for tours. Other activities include sailing charters, canoe rentals and nautical exhibits.
Continuous live entertainment will offer music to suit tastes from jazz to pop to classical with performances by top musicians. There will also be an arts and crafts show, numerous food booths, and children's games as well as safety demonstrations and health checks, courtesy of the Alexandria Chapter of the American Red Cross, sponsor of the event. Fireworks displays are planned on Friday and Saturday nights.
Hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under, free for veterans of Operation Desert Storm.
For information, call (703) 838-4200 or (703) 838-5005 for a 24-hour-a day festival events recording.
The Arts Council of Richmond will host a weekend of fun at June Jubilee Saturday and next Sunday. This 16th annual festival of visual, performing, cultural and culinary arts is held in Shockoe Bottom, along the 1700 block of Franklin Street.
Six stages offer a range of musical entertainment from jazz to blues to classic rock, country swing and folk. A children's area features theatrical and dance performances and hands-on activities, while clowns, mimes, jugglers, magicians and musicians stroll through the crowds. Artists demonstrate a variety of styles throughout the site, and food is available from the farmer's market, festival vendors and neighborhood restaurants.
Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. next Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults, free for children under 12. For information, call (804) 643-4993.
The Upperville Colt and Horse Show, oldest in the United States, is scheduled Tuesday to next Sunday at Grafton Farm showgrounds on U.S. 50 between Middleburg and Upperville, Va.
Horses from all over the country will compete throughout the week, along with children on ponies, junior hunters and amateur owners. Highlights of the week include the $5,000 Amateur Owner Jumper Stake on Saturday and the $50,000 Michelob/Upperville Jumper Classic next Sunday.
Classes begin each day at 8 a.m. (Sunday at 9 a.m.) and run until dusk. Food concessions will be located on the grounds. Admission is $3 daily, $5 next Sunday. Tickets for children cost $1; those under 12 are admitted free.
For information, call (703) 347-5863.
The fifth annual Highland Games Day is set next Sunday at Steppingstone Museum near Havre de Grace.
A full afternoon of activities is planned from noon to 5 p.m. Besides the games, attractions include pipe band music, sheepherding demonstrations, sheep shearing, country dancing and musical entertainment. Information will be available at clan tents and from Scottish societies. Vendors will sell Scottish wares and baked goods as well as pit beef sandwiches.
Admission is $4 for adults, free for age 12 and under. The ZTC museum is in Susquehanna State Park on Quaker Bottom Road near Havre de Grace. For information, call (301) 939-2299.
The fragrant pink blossoms of laurel fill the Pocono Mountains during the month of June. To celebrate its blooming the Laurel Blossom Festival will take place Saturday and next Sunday in the 19th century town of Jim Thorpe, Pa.
Old-fashioned train rides will take visitors into the surrounding mountains, where the landscape is speckled with the blooming laurel. Trains leave every hour between noon and 4 p.m. A craft fair will be held at the Jim Thorpe Railroad Station and an art show is scheduled at the opera house. There will also be horse-drawn trolley rides through town and New Orleans-style jazz in Packer Park. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
And right on the heels of the Laurel Blossom Festival comes the Laurel Festival of the Arts, June 9-30 in Jim Thorpe. Highlight of the festival will be two weekends of chamber music featuring outstanding musicians from all over the country. In addition there will be open rehearsals, an orchestral and choral concert, recitals, poetry readings, art exhibitions, art in film and informal forums. Artists' rehearsals during the week will be open to the public free, but tickets to weekend concerts cost $10.
For information, call (717) 325-3673.
The 1733 National Historic Landmark village of Waterford, Va., will welcome visitors to an Art Mart and Garden Tour Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is only the second tour of village gardens since 1958. The 10 private gardens on the tour include restored terraced gardens, herb gardens, a formal English-style garden and a rose garden. Hundreds of works by local artists and photographers will be on sale at the Art Mart and Red Barn. The old mill will serve "Tea on the Terrace" both days from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $10, free for children under 12. The village is on Route 662 near the intersection of Route 7 and 9 west near Leesburg, Va. For information, call (703) 882-3018.
The 43rd Delmarva Chicken Festival will take place Friday and Saturday at Delaware State College in Dover, Del.
The festival is a salute to Delmarva's poultry industry, one of the country's largest producing areas for broiler chickens. Numerous attractions for all ages include musical entertainment, an arts and crafts show, a home trade show, a carnival with children's rides and games and "Chicken Capers," a series of fun competitions for children.
Betty Groff, cookbook author and authority on Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, will join local chefs, representatives from food commodity groups and a microwave cookery expert in a consumer-oriented program that offers information, recipes and demonstrations on the many ways to prepare chicken. Various forms of chicken will be sold along with other festival fare. The Delaware Agricultural Museum offers entertainment, demonstrations and free admission during festival hours with shuttle service between the two sites.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For information, call (302) 856-9037.
The Historical Society of Talbot County will sponsor the first Designer Showhouse on the Eastern Shore. Combsberry, a newly restored historic home near Oxford, is the designated site. It opens today and continues through June 30.
Twenty interior spaces and several formal garden areas will be transformed by professional interior and landscape designers from Baltimore, Washington, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore. Additional attractions include a boutique, a tea room and a small garden shop with a variety of plants for sale.
Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, closed Mondays. Admission is $10. The showhouse is off Route 333 just outside Oxford. For information, call (301) 822-0773.